Investigative reporter and former Park Fellow Nikole Hannah-Jones ’03 (M.A.) will deliver the MJ-school Spring Commencement address on Saturday, May 13, one day before fellow alumna Brooke Baldwin '01 takes the stage in Kenan Memorial Stadium for all of UNC.
Hannah-Jones and Baldwin complete a commencement address trifecta, after MJ-school Associate Professor and Executive Director of the UNC Scholars’ Latino Initiative Paul Cuadros served as the featured speaker at UNC's Winter Commencement on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016.
Hannah-Jones — who has covered civil rights and racial injustice for The New York Times since 2015 — won a 2016 Peabody Award for her collection of "This American Life" episodes on school segregation called "The Case for School Desegregation Today."
Baldwin, who anchors the 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. weekday edition of CNN Newsroom, joined the network in 2008 as a reporter and took over the anchor position in 2010. Most recently, Baldwin played an integral role in CNN’s record-breaking coverage of the historic 2016 presidential election.
The MJ-school will holds it Spring Commencement ceremony in Carmichael Arena at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, prior to the overall UNC Spring Commencement on Sunday, May 14, at 9 a.m. in Kenan Memorial Stadium.